May 4, 2012 at 3:34 PM
Woman won’t face death penalty in Everett homicides
Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe has decided not to seek the death penalty for Holly Ann Grigsby, who is accused, along with her boyfriend, of killing David “Red” Pedersen and Leslie Pedersen in Everett in September.
Grigsby’s boyfriend, white supremacist David Joseph “Joey” Pedersen, pleaded guilty to the killings in March and faces life in prison without parole. He is victim David Pedersen’s son.
Grisby, 24, is charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder and faces life in prison without parole if she’s convicted.
In deciding not to seek the death penalty against Grigsby, Roe cited her lack of prior violent criminal history and her age. He also noted that she appears to have been following the lead of her boyfriend in participating in the slayings.
Police allege that after killing Red and Leslie Pedersen, the couple drove Red Pedersen’s SUV to Oregon, where they shot and killed 19-year-old Cody Myers and stole his car.
Grigsby told police they shot Myers “because his last name made them think he was Jewish,” according to charging documents. Prosecutors said Grigsby claimed she and Pedersen planned to drive to Sacramento, Calif., to “kill more Jews.”
The couple also are suspected of killing Reginald Alan Clark, 53, an African-American man who was found shot to death in the back seat of his pickup in Eureka, Calif.
Pedersen and Grigsby were arrested Oct. 5 in Yuba City, Calif.
Pedersen was sentenced to two years in federal prison in 2001 for threatening to kill a U.S. District Court judge in Boise, Idaho.
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